New record store opens in Tarboro

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Jennifer Shearin flips through a box of records Saturday at the grand opening of Country Feedback in Tarboro.


Staff Writer

Monday, April 23, 2018

Another local record store opened its doors on Saturday for customers in the Twin Counties.

A ribbon-cutting celebration was held by the Tarboro-Edgecombe Chamber of Commerce for the grand opening of Country Feedback at 420 Main St. in downtown Tarboro.

Couple Jon Treneff, 41, and Lydia Hyslop, 34, are the owners of Country Feedback.

The new record store is hoping to follow the success of Station Square Records, which opened in summer 2017 in Station Square in downtown Rocky Mount. The store has been a hit with an older, nostalgia-driven crowd. 

“It’s a good sign they’re still in business and doing well,” Hyslop said. “It bodes well for what we’re trying to do and is encouraging. We’ve opened this store to provide something that we feel Tarboro doesn’t have — not only merchandise-wise, but a place to host workshops, community events and monthly children’s sing-alongs for all ages.”

Hyslop said she believes it is significant for Country Feedback to open on Record Store Day, which started in 2007 and is a way to bolster attention to independently-owned, brick-and-mortar retail record stores as opposed to online retailers or corporate record stores. 

“We didn’t want to miss this opportunity,” Hyslop said. “Ultimately, we want the store to be perfect and everything in place, but we just wanted to get the doors open.”

Treneff and Hyslop moved to Tarboro about a year and a half ago along with their 19-month-old son, Erroll, from Seattle. Treneff works full-time remotely for an independent record label called Light in the Attic Records, which was established in 2002 in Seattle. 

Hyslop also worked for the company for a few years before becoming a stay-at-home mom. Treneff said he tossed around the idea of starting a record store in Seattle but saw it as too expensive of a venture. When he and Hyslop moved to Tarboro because of a deal on a home from Hyslop’s family, Treneff originally looked into starting a general store but knew better because of his background in music.

Treneff said the record shop will have about 95 percent of the vintage vinyl records from his personal collection. Hyslop acknowledged the store was a way to have a place for the thousands of records that had started to overflow their home.

“I was running out of closet space, and you can say our record vintage addiction has brought us to this point,” Hyslop said.

Customers coming to Country Feedback will have the option of buying vintage records from a variety of genres ranging from classic rock, folk, jazz, reggae, some rap and other categories at reasonable prices, Treneff said.

“We’re going to feel out what people like — but just being out here, I have a feeling that blues and country might sell well,” he said. “So we went a little heavier on that side,” he said.

Country Feedback also will buy vintage records from the public. 

“I had someone the other day tell me they had three suitcases of old records in their attic that they’re going to bring down here,” Hyslop said. “It’s going to be interesting what people are going to bring in. When talking to people about records, some people are fully aware that vinyl is back and people are listening to records. Some people can’t believe it’s back, so you get one extreme or another. It will be interesting to see how things will unfold for us. We hope to do well and help bring more people to downtown Tarboro.”